Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

BARN Performing Arts Residency

BARN residency

NOW CLOSED. EOIs close 28 Feb. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Performing Lines are calling for applications from performing arts practitioners from the NSW Central West for the inaugural BARN (Bathurst Arts Residency NSW) 2022.

To be held at St Joseph’s Heritage and Conference Centre in Perthville from April 29-May 1 as part of Local Giants, a joint regional investment program by Performing Lines, Regional Arts Australia and PAC Australia.

This three-day, two-night event provides a supportive, creative environment to test ideas, consider new collaborations and explore cross art form possibilities.

This is an opportunity for writers, choreographers, dancers, directors, actors, theatre makers and designers to come together and explore new project ideas. Applications welcome from…

  • People at the start of their artistic practice
  • Senior artists with significant experience
  • Mid-career artist
  • Collaborative teams (up to 3 members) working together on a single concept who should apply under the name of whomever is the lead artist on the project.

A range of highly skilled mentors from different arts practises across Australia are provided to inform project development. In previous years these have included Raimondo Cortese, Julie- Anne Long, Kate Champion, Elizabeth Walsh, Jo Duffy, Van Badham and Stephen Armstrong amongst others.

The application is simple and asks for 250 words about your idea – it will take about 20 minutes to complete.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by a curatorial panel who will take into consideration the calibre of the artist, the quality of the idea and a range of other balancing issues including art forms, geography, and experience to ensure the right mix of people for a vibrant weekend.

Deadline for completing this survey is Monday 28 February 2022

NOTE: Whilst the residency is heavily subsidised each successful applicant will be required to pay a deposit of $400 to secure their spot of which $335 is fully refundable after attendance at the retreat and completion of the debrief survey. Applicants experiencing financial difficulty should contact us to discuss alternative arrangements.


If you’re nervous or unsure if the retreat is for you, please email or call Kylie Shead to discuss: 0416 250 269 or

Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 9 March 2022

In this instance the Central West includes the Shires of: Bathurst, Blayney, Oberon, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Cabonne, Orange, Cowra, Weddin, Forbes, Parkes, Bland & Lachlan.